January 11, 2008 Subject:
Great for any beginning art student (and maybe more experienced ones as well)
For all artists interested in a good fundamental drawing book.
In the preface the author apologizes for the state of the book due to experiencing "physical suffering" during its preparation. He ends with "The desire and duty to help my fellow are my reasons and apology for issuing this little volume." Well, I don't know about you, but I think 312 pages is no a "little volume." Granted it's small in size (4.35 inches by 6.61 inches) but it is packed with great information for those starting out in drawing and for those who, like me, would love to add another illustrated volume to their art library.
And illustrated it is. It's filled with over two hundred woodcuts and diagrams that help the student understand the points made in the text.
On the Eye
On Seeing and Observing
On Holding the Pencil
On Light and Shade
On Drawing from Flat Copies
Suggestions for a Course of Study
On Securing Character in Art Work
On Light and Shade as applied to Groups of Objects and to Pictures
Laws of Nature, and their Application as Principles of Art
Sketch, Study, Picture
On Grass, Herbage, Etc.
On Practice for Tree Drawing
On Drawing Figures and Animals
On Perspective, Introductory Remarks
On Artistic Perspective
On Technical Perspective
On Children's Drawing
On the Diascope [reviewer's note: you won't believe what this is]
Note on Teaching